No. 6 St. Mary's runs away from Spalding in 3rd quarter

February 03, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

A 14-0 run by St. Mary's during the last five minutes of the third quarter broke open a tight game, and led the No. 6 host Saints to a 65-47 victory over visiting No. 15 Archbishop Spalding yesterday in a girls Catholic League game.

The Saints forced nine turnovers and held the Cavaliers (12-7 overall, 5-6 in league play) to 1-for-11 from the field in the third quarter, sparking their run. St. Mary's (14-5, 9-1) shot 34 percent (12-for-35) from the field and 14-for-18 from the free-throw line in the second half -- both improvements over the first half.

"Our defense finally started to work [in the third quarter]. And in the second half, our shooting picked up considerably," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson, whose team beat Spalding, 72-42, Dec. 18, but lost to the Cavaliers by four points 1 1/2 weeks later at the Noel Classic. "It [our press] didn't work, and our shooting was terrible in the second half."

St. Mary's point guard Bridget Smith scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists.

The Saints' inside game of forwards Ann Donovan (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Annetta Davis (11 points, 14 rebounds) dominated because of the absence of starting center Carrie Parsons (academic problems) and the ineffectiveness of forward Lisa Canter, who was forced into a reserve role after missing the last three games with a knee injury. Parsons had two rebounds, two turnovers and no points in nine minutes.

"If you had those two in there, you don't bring the ball into the post," Dobson said. "It was a big difference in the game."

Spalding went ahead 7-3 on Amy Langville's three-pointer. But St. Mary's closed the first quarter with a 12-4 run to go ahead 15-11. In the second quarter, the Cavaliers regained the lead at 21-17, using a 10-2 spurt within the first four minutes. Spalding led 29-27 at halftime.

"We did a nice job of shutting down their fast break in the first half," Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler said. "When you make a lot of baskets, your team can do that."

St. Mary's started the third quarter with a 9-2 burst and added a 10-0 run over the last 3:19. Spalding scored only four points on a field goal and two free throws in the quarter, going scoreless for the final 5:03. The Cavaliers cut the deficit to seven points midway through the final quarter, but St. Mary's ended with a 12-2 spurt.

Langville had 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Teammate Kelly Mabe finished with five rebounds and 17 points, tTC including a 10-for-11 performance from the line.

"Trying to keep St. Mary's down for four quarters is quite a job," Leimkuhler said. "We committed too many turnovers and made too many mistakes in the third quarter."

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